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There are 9 ways to get from Taupo to Kaikoura by bus, ferry, train, shuttle or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus, ferry  •  13h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Taupo to Wellington - Central
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the bus from Picton to Kaikoura

$56 - $110

Cheapest option

Bus, ferry via Johnsonville - Stop B  •  13h 46m

  1. Take the bus from Taupo to Johnsonville
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the bus from Picton to Kaikoura

$56 - $109

7 alternative options

Bus, ferry, train  •  14h 6m

  1. Take the bus from Taupo to Wellington - Central
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the train from Picton to Kaikoura

Bus, ferry, train via Johnsonville - Stop B  •  14h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Taupo to Johnsonville
  2. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  3. Take the train from Picton to Kaikoura

Bus, shuttle, train, ferry  •  16h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Taupo to Turangi
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Turangi to National Park Village
  3. Take the train from National Park to Wellington
  4. Take the ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
  5. Take the train from Picton to Kaikoura

Fly Taupo to Blenheim, train  •  7h 37m

  1. Fly from Taupo (TUO) to Blenheim (BHE) TUO - BHE
  2. Take the train from Blenheim to Kaikoura

Fly Taupo to Picton, train  •  7h 37m

  1. Fly from Taupo (TUO) to Picton (PCN) TUO - PCN
  2. Take the train from Blenheim to Kaikoura

Bus to Rotorua, fly to Christchurch, bus  •  8h 43m

  1. Take the bus from Taupo to Rotorua Airport
  2. Fly from Rotorua (ROT) to Christchurch (CHC) ROT - CHC
  3. Take the bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura

$126 - $517

Fly Taupo to Nelson, bus, train  •  10h 26m

  1. Fly from Taupo (TUO) to Nelson (NSN) TUO - NSN
  2. Take the bus from Nelson i-SITE to Blenheim
  3. Take the train from Blenheim to Kaikoura

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Taupo to Kaikoura is to bus and ferry which costs $80 - $170 and takes 13h 46m.

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The quickest way to get from Taupo to Kaikoura is to bus and fly which costs $190 - $800 and takes 8h 43m.

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The distance between Taupo and Kaikoura is 460 km.

The best way to get from Taupo to Kaikoura without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 13h 31m and costs $85 - $170.

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It takes approximately 13h 31m to get from Taupo to Kaikoura, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Taupo Airport to Blenheim Airport. The quickest flight takes 2h 55m and has one stopover.

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Sounds Air and Air New Zealand offer flights from Taupo Airport to Blenheim Airport.

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There are 58+ hotels available in Kaikoura. Prices start at $85 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Taupo to Taupo Airport is to taxi which takes 9m and costs $25 - $30.

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Map of how to get from Taupo to Kaikoura.
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  • Distance: 287.8 miles
  • Duration: 13h 31m

What companies run services between Taupo, New Zealand and Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand?

There is no direct connection from Taupo to Kaikoura. However, you can take the bus to Wellington - Central, take the walk to Wellington Station - Stop D, take the line 1 bus to Hutt Road at Aotea Quay, take the walk to Wellington - Central, take the ferry to Picton, take the walk to Picton, then take the bus to Kaikoura. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Taupo to Kaikoura via Johnsonville, Johnsonville - Stop B, Hutt Road at Aotea Quay, Wellington - Central, Picton, and Picton in around 13h 46m.

Airlines
Air New Zealand
Website
airnewzealand.com
Flights from Taupo to Blenheim via Auckland
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $440
Flights from Taupo to Blenheim via Auckland, Wellington
Ave. Duration
5h 27m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Rotorua to Christchurch via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Taupo to Nelson via Auckland
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Flights from Taupo to Nelson via Auckland, Wellington
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Flights from Taupo to Nelson via Auckland, Christchurch
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Sounds Air
Website
soundsair.com
Flights from Taupo to Blenheim via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$260 - $350
Flights from Taupo to Picton via Wellington
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $330
Flights from Taupo to Nelson via Wellington
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $340
Train operators
KiwiRail Coastal Pacific
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from Picton to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Train from Blenheim to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
KiwiRail Northern Explorer
Phone
0800 808 400
Website
kiwirail.co.nz
Train from National Park to Wellington
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $110
Schedules at
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz
Bus operators
InterCity Coachlines
Website
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Taupo to Wellington - Central
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Picton to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $28
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Taupo to Johnsonville
Ave. Duration
5h 54m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Taupo to Turangi
Ave. Duration
39m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $20
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Taupo to Rotorua Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $23
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $30
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Bus from Nelson i-SITE to Blenheim
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $25
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Tongariro Crossing Shuttle
Website
tongarirocrossingshuttles.co.nz
Shuttle from Turangi to National Park Village
Ave. Duration
35m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$27
Schedules at
tongarirocrossingshuttles.co.nz
Book at
tongarirocrossingshuttles.co.nz
Ferry operators
Interislander
Phone
+64 800 802 802
Website
interislander.co.nz
Ferry from Wellington - Central to Picton
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
intercity.co.nz
Web Saver
$25
Saver Change
$30
Easy Change
$34

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